November 30, 2015
What is the hardest part of being a filmmaker?
Filmmaking isn’t easy. Even the most passionate, inspired filmmakers still have rough days, rough months. Let’s talk about what doesn’t get talked about enough.
THIS WEEK’S DSLR GUIDE:
ARE YOU HAPPY WITH IT?
Something I hear a lot on film sets (often from myself) is the phrase ‘happy with that’. It’ll go something like this:
CREW: Are you happy with that take?
DIRECTOR: I like the performance, I’m just not that happy with the timings, we need more of a pause between A & B…
What we mean is ‘are you satisfied with the work?’, but we choose to link that to emotion, being happy. Of course it’s just a phrase, but I think it tells us something about how creatives get so emotionally invested in their work. The phrase implies that our happiness is conditional, that we won’t be happy unless the film is up to our standards. It’s not uncommon for my mood to correlate strongly with how well I think a project is going, which might not be the healthiest lifestyle to lead.
Maybe the first step would be to stop saying “Are you happy with that?” “Yeah, I’m really happy with how it turned out” and instead say that “that looks good” or “great work, let’s move on”. Might help remind us that we don’t have to let our work dictate our emotion.
What do you think?
This video right here is genius. Watch it:
fire vs fire https://t.co/4y6AvqRZNT
— Simon Cade (@DSLRguidance) November 28, 2015
Filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide. Since I was making my first film age 11, I have always been fascinated by the way films are produced, and the effect it can have on the audience.